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IFCMD exists to foster a welcoming embrace of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people in both membership and all positions of leadership in religious life.

The various symbols in our logo and their respective paths are described below:

               

 

 

Atheist/Secular Humanist – The organized religious atheist/secular humanist demands thought and reason and a human-based moral and ethical code. A reasoned mind is welcome to discussion. The symbol is of the carbon atom, one of the most basic elements of life.

 

 

Bahai - A simple nine-pointed star is generally used by Bahá'ís as a symbol of their Faith. The number nine has significance in the Bahá'í Revelation. Nine years after the announcement of the Báb in Shiraz, Bahá'u'lláh received the intimation of His mission in the dungeon in Teheran. Nine, as the highest single-digit number, symbolizes completeness. Since the Bahá'í Faith claims to be the fulfillment of the expectations of all prior religions, this symbol, as used for example in nine-sided Bahá'í temples, reflects that sense of fulfillment and completeness.

 

 

 

 

 

Buddhist – The way of compassion in a world often filled with illusion demonstrates the principle of enlightenment, the “awakening” demonstrated by Gautama Buddha. The way is open. There are no barriers to the way.

 

 

 

Christianity – The cross of wood, a symbol of sacrifice where the Divine meets the human life in its place of deepest need is pictured here without adornment. In Christ there is no male nor female, bond nor free, all are one.

 

 

Correlian - A High Ceremonial Magick Wiccan path  based upon the traditional Cherokee clan structure which was used by the High-Correll familial tradition. The Tradition had always had both a Matriarchal Head (in Cherokee the Agayv Gigagei) and what might be termed a Fraternal Head.  Originally a personal symbol which came to be used as a familial crest by Lady Orpheis' Cherokee ancestors. The founder of the Tradition is the Beloved Orpheis Caroline High Correll. She is said to have founded the Tradition as an entity separate from her ancestry, on September 4, 1479 Pisces (1879 AD).

 


 

 

Druid – the Trees of Life and the Sacred Circle are the symbols of the study of Nature and the balance between the worlds. This is the symbol of the American Druid Fellowship (ADF), a recreation of the ancient ways.

 

 

 

Ecumenicon – The Triple infinity is the living tree of life linking Earth and sky. Many traditions joining and retaining their own integrity. We welcome all seekers of positive faith traditions, and celebrate human diversity.

 

 

Hindu - Hindus believe that the entire essence of the Vedas (ancient Indian scriptures) is enshrined in the Sanskrit word Aum - this symbol in the Devangari alphabet . The belief that the Lord started creating the world after chanting "aum" and "atha" gives this religious symbol a fundamental relevance to the Hindu view of creation. Hence, its sound is considered to create an auspicious beginning for any task that one may undertake. Hinduism is the collective name for a wide variety of religious practices, the people who practice those faiths are more correctly called Bhaaratiya from King Bharat of the national epic.

 

 

 

Islam – Allah is greater. Greater than all created things. The symbol of the moon and the star are recognized world-wide for Muslim culture.

 

 

 

Judaism – The Magen David or Star / Shield of David is believed by some to represent the most traditional and ancient Jewish symbol, the 7-branched Menorah. These symbols remind the Jewish people of the sacred service they are called to perform in sustaining and enhancing illumination in the world. 

 

 

Rising Sun Outreach Ministry - Interfaith logo of the Sun breaking through the clouds over a green landscape. Many chaplaincy outreaches helping people connect to their Higher Power.


 

 

Shamanism – Shamanic traditions seek inward to work outward. Traditional Shamans use drum and rhythm to find the place of the Ancestors to bring wisdom to the community. The Kokopele from Native American traditions shown here is captured at the moment of Shamanic trance dance.

 

 

Sikh - The Khanda is the symbol of the Sikhs. The symbol derives its name from the double-edged sword (also called a Khanda) which appears at the center of the logo. This double-edged sword is a metaphor of Divine Knowledge, its sharp edges cleaving Truth from Falsehood. The circle around the Khanda is the Chakar. The Chakar being a circle without a beginning or and end symbolizes the perfection of God who is eternal. The Chakar is surrounded by two curved swords called Kirpans. These two swords symbolize the twin concepts of Meeri and Peeri - Temporal and Spiritual authority introduced by Guru Hargobind. They emphasize the equal emphasis that a Sikh must place on spiritual aspirations as well as obligations to society.

 

 

 

Sufism – The mystic path of Sufism is open to all. To discover the light and power latent within all human beings that is the secret of all religion, the power of mysticism, and the essence of philosophy, without interfering with customs or belief. 

 

 

 

Tribal – The Medicine Wheel shown simply here as the four sacred quarters and stones is used in expanded form by many Native American tribes and African tribal traditions. In many Native tribes GLBT people are considered the sacred storytellers, walking between the genders to bring wholeness.

 

 

 

Unitarian-Universalism – The flaming chalice recalls the lighted candles in Transylvania in windows of the faithful where Unitarianism first started. A chalice recalls the universal symbol of water, and a flame of faith.

 

 

 

Unity – The Unity symbol of the ankh, which combines the male phallus and female yoni together, symbolizes that both male and female are important and equal. God is love, and love is for everybody. 

 

 

 

Wicca – The modern tradition of witchcraft uses the symbol of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit in balance, the ancient symbol of the pentagram. Wicca is a tradition of balance and harming none.

 

Zoroastrian - The Favrashi - Winged Disk - represents the human soul. The figure is aged to represent wisdom. One hand points upward to strive for improvement. The other hand holds a ring for loyalty and faithfulness. The circle represents the immortality of the soul. The two wings and three feathers are for good thoughts, good words, and good deeds. The tail is for bad thoughts, bad words, bad deeds. The two streamers are for Spenta Mainyu and Angra Mainyu, the spirits of good and evil. Every person must choose between them, which is why the figure is facing toward one direction and away from the other. 

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